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October 24, 2014

“God’s timing was perfect!” {Family Friday}

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We have always wanted a large family, and in 2009 we began the journey to starting a family. We soon became pregnant, and at 20 weeks our perfectly normal pregnancy turned into anything but normal when we discovered some significant health problems with our baby. Our son, Patrick is a fighter and has had quite a journey. We know that it was God who carried us through those hard times and brought healing to Patrick and to us. When we found out that our genetics would mean a high chance of serious health issues for any future biological children, we knew that God would use adoption to grow our family. The week we received our grant from Lifesong was a roller coaster. On Monday, our son, Patrick had a surgery to close up the final evidence of his medical struggles – the hole where his trach had been. On Tuesday, … Continue reading

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October 22, 2014

3 Ways You Can Help Liberia’s Ebola Relief

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We see it almost every night on the news and every day in our social media news feed. Stories are told, pictures are shared, videos are watched. Ebola has taken the lives of more than 2,458 in Liberia* and has left over 2,000 children without one or both parents**. From our perspective here in the States, we read, watch, and wonder what we can do to help meet the vast needs of people a world away. It seems impossible and unreachable, doesn’t it? But it isn’t. Here are 3 ways you can put your “Love in Action” and help Liberia’s Ebola crisis. Pray God gives us the beautiful opportunity come to Him in prayer, allowing us to be part of the impact around the world from our knees. Join us in praying for Liberia… Pray trust can be reestablished in health care and fear and untruth will not hamper the effectiveness … Continue reading

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October 20, 2014

First Look at Student Life Homes!

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Last October, the dream of Student Life Homes was born. Now, a year later, after fundraising, construction, and faithful advocacy, our freshman class gets a sneak-peak on the progress of the building that soon be their home! WATCH below… This residential program will help provide a safe environment for students to thrive. The homes you see in the video will house some of our freshman class students, with the hope of eventually ramping up to 13 homes for 125 students.  Student Life Homes will serve as a safe haven for some of our students who live in the compound. The compound can be a place of violence, crime, or abuse, not giving our kids an environment to thrive not only in their education but their relationship and growth in Christ. “When I was living in the compound, my life was not good.  My mom was drinking and when she would … Continue reading

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October 17, 2014

“The EXACT amount we needed” {Family Friday}

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We wanted to write and share our story as well as thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the grant that you provided to our family. We run a ministry full time and because of that, did not have the resources to adopt. However, we felt the Lord calling us to adopt and because He had taught us to make “every decision in light of HIS WILL and NOT the financial barrier”, we decided to step out in faith, trusting He would make a way somehow. A fews year before, we had adopted, but at that time my husband made a good salary and we were able to pay for our adoption in full. I would share with people who would comment that if it weren’t for the financial barrier they would adopt about how money shouldn’t be a reason not to adopt because “God would provide”. Though I … Continue reading

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October 15, 2014

Helping Kids Find Sponsors

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Are you looking for a way to practically and tangibly advocate for orphans? Maybe you are an adoptive family who has brought a child into your forever home. Or maybe you have been a child sponsor for YEARS, writing a mailbox full of letters to your special friend across the globe. But maybe you are just someone who has a heart to be a voice for those who do not have a voice for themselves. Will you consider becoming a Child Sponsorship Advocate? There are children around the world who will never be adopted because of various adoption laws or because there is no family to adopt them. But, just because a child isn’t not adoptable, doesn’t mean we can’t help and love and show Jesus to a child in need.  Be an advocate for the friend left behind when you brought your child home…for the kid who see the … Continue reading

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October 13, 2014

Advent for Orphans 2014

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  This year, make Advent about more than just eating chocolate. Do you remember waking up and running out to your Christmas countdown calendar? Maybe you had to tear off a little door or reach into a little pouch to find a special treat marked for that day of the month. And while those are good attempts to celebrate Advent, the activity pretty much stops at the chocolate, right? What if your Advent didn’t have chocolate but practical opportunities to learn, pray and give together as family? Join us this year for Advent for Orphans, a special way to celebrate not only the anticipation of the birth of our Savior, but also a unique and creative opportunity to show love to orphans.  **Great for families with kids! Read the impact Advent for Orphans had on families in past years. How it works: Order your free Advent for Orphans Calendar(s) by clicking link … Continue reading

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October 10, 2014

Celebrating Olivia’s “Referralversary” {Family Friday}

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Two years ago we got “the call” or in our case the e-mail… After a night without sleep and a morning full of tears, we finally saw our daughter’s face.  Today, I had to actually look back on the blog to make sure it had only been two years since we got that email.  It truly seems like forever that Olivia has been ours. Olivia and I celebrated her special day with a trip to our favorite “Target” where mommy caved and bought her a bunny who drinks from a bottle.  (we applaud any form of nurturing here since that doesn’t come naturally to our sweetie).  She may have also indulged in a blue slushie and popcorn before we met daddy for a noodle lunch (shhhhh…..) I am not one to get overly emotional but, over lunch as Brad and I talked about how far our baby girl has come, the magnitude … Continue reading

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